Beer gets blame for violent crime rate
- Do you think that the information provided in this article
justifies the claim in the headline and first paragraph? Why
or why not?
- Is it possible that there could be any other factor (a lurking
or hidden variable) which could be causing both drinking beer
and violent crime? Discuss some possibilities.
- Explain the difference between two variables being correlated
and one causing the other to vary. In this article correlation
is used to infer causation. Is it reasonable? Why or why not?
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